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8/15/14 – 9:06 A.M.

A tow truck driver was grazed by a car this morning while he was inspecting his tractor-trailer. The Hancock County Sheriff’s office reports the incident happened around 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of County Road 140 and Portage Township Road 114.

A semi got stuck as it tried to make a turn at the intersection. A tow truck driven by 35-year-old Dale Sortor of Findlay moved the tractor-trailer from the intersection and parked it along the side of Road 140. As Sortor was collecting information, he was hit in the back by the side mirror on a car driven by 46-year-old Shelly Bennett of West Leipsic.

Sortor was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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8/15/14 – 5:29 A.M.

A murder is under investigation in a small Allen County town. The Lima News reports 43-year-old Patrick Collar was arrested yesterday after he called the Delphos Police Department and admitted he killed his wife.

Collar allegedly told the police he shot his wife earlier in the day in a cornfield. He then led investigators to the body of 42-year-old Gerri Collar.

No other details were available.

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8/15/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A Kenton teenager will spend more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty in a sex crimes case. KentonToday.com reports 18-year-old Devin Chamberlin was sentenced to 161 months behind bars Wednesday.

Chamberlin was charged with attempted rape, unlawful sexual contact with a minor, and three counts of gross sexual imposition.

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8/15/14 – 5:17 A.M.

Three Findlay residents were involved in a two-car crash east of Findlay Thursday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of State Route 568 and County Road 236 in Marion Township.

56-year-old Cathy Stephens was driving east on Route 568 when she slowed down to turn onto Road 236. As she did, she was hit from behind by a car driven by 31-year-old Tiffany Woodward. Stephens was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital along with her passenger, 27-year-old Cole Stephens.

The accident remains under investigation.

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8/15/14 – 5:08 A.M.

We’ll know more about improvements to downtown Findlay today. The Ohio Department of Transportation is expected to announce details about a state grant that will focus on Main Street and part of Cory Street. A press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Municipal Building.

Right now the city’s plans call for building curb “bump-outs” at intersections along Main Street. Those would make the distance pedestrians have to walk to cross Main Street shorter. The plan also includes relocating trees, installing medians on parts of Main Street, and adding three mid-block crosswalks.

A bike path on Cory Street from West Main Cross to the University of Findlay could also be installed.

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8/15/14 – 4:59 A.M.

The Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office is appealing a judges ruling about evidence in a drug case. The Courier reports the 3rd District Court of Appeals will decide if a state patrol officer could indeed smell marijuana in a car on November 18 of last year. Sgts. Michael Walter and Kurt Beidelschies said they smelled marijuana soon after approaching Trenton Shuttlesworth’s car window last fall. A search of the car led to the discovery of more than 1,000 painkillers.

Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson tossed out the pills from the evidence in June. Routson said he didn’t think Beidelschies could smell marijuana six seconds after meeting Shuttlesworth. He added the trooper should have gotten a warrant.

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8/8/14 – 11:28 A.M.

Another step in Marathon Petroleum’s downtown expansion was taken today. The Findlay City Planning Commission signed off on the plans for the new MPLX office building. The 120,000 square foot facility will face Hardin Street and be built just behind where the former Elks building stood on South Main Street.

An enclosed bridge will connect the new building with Marathon’s current offices.

The office building is the second part of the expansion project. A parking garage is currently under construction just off East Sandusky. A second parking garage will be built next to the new MPLX headquarters.

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8/14/14 – 11:01 A.M.

Another step was taken to give Findlay’s recycling facility a makeover today. The City Planning Commission approved plans for Litter Landing.

Project Engineer Steve Wilson says the upgrades will expand storage capabilities…

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That will help the people working at Litter Laniding, but if you use the facility you’ll see benefits too…

Audio: Steve Wilson

The planning commission passed the plans, with a condition that the back part of the lot that borders East Main Cross is paved sometime in 2015.

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8/14/14 – 5:28 A.M.

Two Wood County teenagers pleaded guilty to their roles in a scam this week. The Blade reports the 15 and 17-year-old brothers appeared in the Wood County Juvenile Court Tuesday. They were found delinquent and scheduled for a September 22 disposition hearing.

The boys told their victims they were collecting money for an Elmwood High School teacher who was battling cancer.

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8/14/14 – 5:22 A.M.

The Fostoria post office will not be operating with shorter hours. The Review-Times reports the Fostoria postal location was mistakenly put on a list with many rural locations that will use shorter hours to save money. An August 8 news release from the U.S. Postal Service led to the confusion.

David Van Allen is with the postal service and told the newspaper, “Fostoria is way too big of an office.” He added the reduced hour plan is only for very small post office locations.

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